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Kidneys and Crochet
Created By: Melinda Turner

When I was 16 years old I was diagnosed with an autoimmune kidney disease that had no known cause or cure. I was really down and was given 3 to 6 months before the doctors believed my kidneys would completely fail and I would be on dialysis. My parents took me out of high school to take relieve stress and help me adjust. I was a junior in high school. It was really hard to give up all of my dreams and have nothing to do but wait for kidney failure.

My neighbor knew I was having a hard time and invited me down to her house. She was like a grandma to my siblings and me. She asked me if I wanted to learn how to crochet. I didn't really know much about it, but I was excited to learn something new. She started with the basics and I was a fast learner. It was like I was meant to crochet.

From there I started making projects for friends and family. I made someone a baby afghan and found how much I loved to crochet! It really lifted my spirits to have a new hobby.

I had a miracle and was able to live for 5 1/2 years without needing dialysis. At 21 years-old I went through kidney failure and was put on peritoneal dialysis seven times a day at home. I was prepared but it was still a difficult change to make in my life, but it kept me alive. I crocheted a baby afghan for my husband's sister, at that time he was my fiancé. It gave me something to do while I was hooked up constantly.

After my husband and I were married 8 months we got the call that there was a kidney waiting for me. We waited 13 months on the list and 18 months on dialysis. Surgery was successful and now I have a perfect kidney. During recovery in the hospital I worked on a baby afghan. It was something that took my mind off of the excruciating pain and dreary time in the hospital. All of the nurses loved looking at it and the progress I made. I finished that afghan and am saving this one for myself.

My husband and I have just started the process to adopt a baby. We are very happy and I can't wait to make all of the fun little baby sweaters, socks and booties for our little one. I have also learned to knit and enjoy it just as much as crochet! It is nice to know both crafts.

Crochet is one of my favorite hobbies. I even taught the 8 to 11 year-old girls’ church group I work with in my community. They loved it and are always excited to show me what they have made. I gave them each a copy of the Lion Brand Learn to Crochet booklet so they could have the resource to make more projects. I just love to crochet and to share it with others.

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